Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Greater Phoenix Chapter

Old Home Home Contact Us Upcoming
Church State Issues Report Church State Violations Join
Email List
Email List
Membership Donations Request
Facebook Meetup Links Send Letter to Editor


Church State Issues

Florida mayor candidate claims Jesus endorsement

May 14, 2013

Arizona Republic

Associated Press Tue May 14, 2013 12:09 AM

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. — One of seven candidates vying to become the next mayor of North Miami is claiming the endorsement of none other than Jesus Christ.

Candidate Anna Pierre, who is a registered nurse, told The Miami Herald ( that Jesus came to her in a dream and provided what she believes is a firm endorsement. The campaign flier posted on her Facebook page reads “Anna Pierre, RN, is endorsed by Jesus Christ” complete with a photo of Jesus.

Earlier in the campaign, Pierre claimed she was the victim of a voodoo attack and death threats. Last week, candidate Jean Marcellus was punched in the face by an acquaintance who didn’t want him to run.

Voters go to the polls Tuesday in the North Miami race.


North Miami mayoral candidate says she was endorsed by Jesus

By Nadege Green and Marc Caputo

North Miami’s unpredictable election exploits entered the final day on a divine note: a mayoral candidate claiming she was endorsed by Jesus Christ.

Anna Pierre, who previously said she was a victim of Vodou sorcery, posted the message in a campaign-style flier featured on her Facebook page.

Reached on Monday, Pierre said Jesus came to her in a dream.

“I had a revelation when I was going to give up on this race. I had a dream. I know what I saw,” she said. “A figure I can’t explain told me, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am your friend. I am walking with you side by side. You are not alone.’ I felt it was from heaven. It was an endorsement by Jesus.”

Meanwhile, District 2 candidate Joseph Haber was passing out “clean up city hall” soap to voters . And a week ago, mayoral candidate, Jean Marcellus was punched in the mouth by an acquaintance who didn’t want him to run for office.

The theatrics and eyebrow raising moments on the campaign trial should come to an end Tuesday, when North Miami voters go to the polls to choose a mayor and two City Council members.

Pierre, a registered nurse who sings the Creole language hit Suk Su Bon Bon (“Sugar on my Cookie”), said Jesus reassured her that she can overcome all obstacles placed in her way.

“I was a victim of Vodou, death threats. People accused me of putting a negative light on the Haitian community. Jesus is my friend, my salvation,” Pierre said.

Seven candidates are vying for mayor: Pierre, Marcellus, Lucie Tondreau, Modira Escarment, Smith Joseph, Gwendolyn Boyd and Kevin Burns.

In the District 2 race, incumbent Michael Blynn faces Carol Keys and Haber. And Jacques Despinosse, Philippe Bien-Aime and Hans Mardy are running for the District 3 seat left vacant by Marcellus.